Fierce Fangirl Friday: Hart of Dixie

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Fierce Fangirl Friday was created by Jackie of Too Much of a Booknerd as an opportunity for us fangirls to do some healthy fangirling on our blogs. Today I will be discussing my latest binge watch on Netflix, Hart of Dixie.

Binge-watch may be too strong of a term, as I watched all four seasons of Hart of Dixie over two months—I have friends who would have done so in less than two weeks. Anyway, in the beginning of November, I needed a new show to watch, after my billionth (okay, tenth or eleventh) Glee rewatch and I  didn’t have a weekly show during the fall (side confession that I have not been too keen on season 2 of Riverdale). Hart of Dixie kept popping up on my recommended list on Netflix, so I decided to give it a try. The CW show follows cardiac surgeon, Zoe Hart, who after being told that she needs more experience in bedside manner, moves to Bluebell, Alabama, where she’s been given the opportunity to work as a general practitioner. As this New York City girl adjusts to southern life, she forms new friendships and relationships while finding herself in some crazy schemes.hod.jpg

Like I mentioned above, there are four seasons of Hart of Dixie. Season 1 focuses on Zoe’s attempts to have a least 30% of the patients in the practice that she shares with fellow GP, Brick Breeland, and her forming relationships with people in Bluebell. Most notably, this includes the young mayor of Bluebell, Lavon Haynes, and Rose, a teenage girl who looks to Zoe for guidance on relationships and growing up. There’s also every fangirl’s favorite trope: a love triangle! This triangle includes Wade, Zoe’s neighbor and town playboy, and George Tucker, a local lawyer who’s engaged to Lemon Breeland, Brick’s daughter and Zoe’s quickly-formed rival.

Each episode is around 40 minutes long and there are 70 episodes of the show altogether. Season 1 was my favorite season of the show, as I loved getting acquainted with the southern, small-town vibes and learning about our main characters’ backgrounds. Season 2 and 3 were also fun, as Zoe has fully adopted life in Bluebell and a lot of relationships between our main cast and some new characters take place. However, I will say that Season 3 was my “least favorite” season of the show, only because I feel like despite all of the drama, we knew what duo was always going to be together by the end of the season. I really enjoyed Season 4, the final season of the show, for the way it wrapped up each character’s story arc, especially in the final episode. It did become a bit cheesy at times (I wasn’t completely in love with the musical-style ending of the last episode), but Hart of Dixie is such a feel-good show that it’s what you expect!

My favorite characters were Lavon and Lemon. I loved Lemon’s antics and I was rooting for her relationship with one particular character from the start (no spoilers here!). Lavon was also a great friend to Zoe and it was really sweet to see how much he cared about Bluebell. When it comes to the Zoe love triangle, I wasn’t really Team George or Team Wade (does anybody know if this was a thing when the show first aired??) because I thought either would work for Zoe just fine! I will admit that I tended to enjoy the other characters storylines more than Zoe’s relationship problems.

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Overall, Hart of Dixie is the perfect show for anyone looking for a light and fluffy series with a touch of comedy. My overall rating for the show is a B+.

Now that I’m finished with Hart of Dixie, it’s time to find a new show that I can easily watch while I’m at school. I’m craving a new season of  Big Little Lies, and I watched the last few episodes of Fuller House season 3 within a day!I’ve started a watch/rewatch of Sex and the City (I haven’t seen every single episode), I’ve heard amazing things about Call the Midwife and The Man in the High Castle, and I keep going back and forth on season 2 of Strangers Things.

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Have you watched Hart of Dixie? Do you have any TV recommendations for me? Share in the comments!

Fierce Fangirl Friday: British Contemporary Love & Recommendations

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Fierce Fangirl Friday is a weekly post created and hosted by Jackie of Too Much of a Booknerd. Jackie created Fierce Fangirl Friday for us fangirls to have the opportunity to discuss our latest or favorite fangirl obsessions. Today, I’ll be talking about one of my all-time favorite genres: British contemporary.

Let’s just start off by saying that I am a contemporary books girl at heart. Yes, I love a good fantasy or historical fiction, but the majority of my TBR pile is primarily made up of contemporary novels. I admit that lately I have begun to lean toward adult contemporary over young-adult contemporary—a person is NEVER too old to read YA, but I think as I become a bit more mature, I find myself relating to adult contemporary more. And as you might guess from my FFF’s title, British contemporaries are the best kind of adult contemporary reads.

So why do I love British contemporaries so much?

1.British culture AKA I WANT TO LIVE IN A VILLAGE

Okay, so maybe it’s because I have always lived in the US and haven’t experienced what it’s like to live in the UK, but I love reading about the cities and villages our characters live in. In most novels, villages are often where our protagonists journey or return to, and I love how many villages feature cute, close-knit communities.

2. They often feature strong/hard-working/hilarious FEMALE protagonists

Many of the British contemporaries I’ve read feature a protagonist who is down on her luck and is trying to figure out where to go next in her career, relationships, or life in general. They’re often very relatable, and they tend to get themselves into some funny situations as they try to head in the right direction

3.They are the perfect books to not put down

Do you like comfort food? If you do, then you’re in for a treat, as British contemporaries are the literary equivalent. Whenever I’m really in the mood to read and I want a book that will keep me glued to its pages, I go for a British contemporary because I often find myself needing to know what is going to happen to our characters. Will they choose the village over city life? A new career? The perfect cupcake recipe?. I find that these books make the perfect beach reads or rainy day reads—basically whenever you can devote a lot of time to reading?

So who & what do I recommend??

If you’re just branching out into the genre, I’d say your first stop is Sophie Kinsella, the QUEEN of British contemporaries. I recently wrote in my review of The Undomestic Goddess that I firmly believe that everyone needs a Sophie Kinsella book in their life. Her books often feature characters down on their luck and trying to figure out their next step, as well as hilarious, heart-warming casts of characters. I have yet to pick up her Confessions of a Shopaholic, even though I really enjoy its film adaptation, but here’s what I read from her so far: Finding Audrey, I’ve Got Your Number, My Not-So Perfect Life, and The Undomestic Goddess.

Cecelia Ahern and Jojo Moyes are also classic British contemporary authors. Jojo Moyes has a variety of contemporary novels, the most well known being Me Before You. I have a few more of her books in my TBR pile, but I recently enjoyed her book, One Plus One – if you like family-driven novels and road trips, this one is for you. If you’re looking for books focused on relationships and feels, Cecelia Ahern is perfect for you. I loved P.S. I Still Love You and Love, Rosie back in 2016, and I want to pick up One Hundred Names soon.

A new favorite contemporary author of mine is Jenny Colgan. If you love books about or featuring baking, then Jenny Colgan is your girl! Many of her books feature characters who are passionate about cooking and baking. I found her books while perusing the shelves of my local library and I’m so glad I did! I’ve only read Meet Me at the Cupcake Café so far, but I plan on picking up more of her books very soon!

I’ve also read Giovanna Fletcher’s Billy and Me and loved it as well, as it focuses on the relationship between an A-list actor and a small-town girl. I really want to read more of Giovanna Fletcher’s books, as well as Paige Toon, but their books are unfortunately hard to find in the US.

Do you like British contemporaries? Have you read any of the books above? Do you have any recommendations for me? Share in the comments!